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9 tips to reduce your stress before the interview

Stress can be the enemy. Going for a Job Interview is like going on a first date, but one that just HAS to go well.

You have to look good, feel good and be prepared to impress a stranger about why they should start a relationship with you.

Is your tie straight, are you having a “good hair day…” did you polish your shoes? And that car on the motorway that you flashed and blew your horn at on the way – was it the person who’ll be sitting opposite to you at the interview?

Whatever the situation, the interview stress of an interview is a given in the job-hunting process. Actually, job-seekers experience stress prior to the interview and during the interview. Today we will focus on some before-interview stress reduction tips I would like to share with you.

Don’t be passive and hope the interview will run smoothly. Take control and manage yourself through the process to give yourself the best opportunity of shining brightly. Expect some stress, minimal at best, and find ways to deal with it. With this approach you will not be surprised when you begin to feel less stressed.

Here are 9 before-interview stress reduction tips

#1 Be incredibly well-prepared

As Benjamin Franklin said: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”.
Preparation is a huge must and I am not talking about looking at the website. A real and thorough preparation will help you make the difference and feel confident during the conversation.

Even the best candidate can make a really bad first impression if not prepared since it is a proof of arrogance.

#2 Visit the location where the interview will be held before the day of the interview

That way you should avoid the stress of getting lost, desperately looking for a parking place or being unable to find the exact entrance to the office. Don’t forget the impact traffic could have on the D-Day!
Small point but big impact! Arrive at the reception with a smile and minus the stress!

#3 Prepare your outfit

Of course, make sure what you plan to wear is clean and in good condition. Your clothing must suit the environment and the culture where you seek to work. Always wear something a little smarter than the standard outfit.

#4 Get enough sleep the night before

Now that you are prepared have a relaxing evening and do something that will not make you think of the interview tomorrow.

#5 Exercise in the morning

Physical activity is the breakfast of the champion!
You will feel better physically and mentally after an exercise session, which will make you feel better mentally plus you will project energy and confidence.

If you find your interviewer loves sport, don’t hesitate to say subtly that you love exercising in the morning and that for instance, you just have!
If you meet a definitely non-sporty person: don’t say anything!

#6 Have a good breakfast

After your exercise session, you will need fuel for your day. Plus you don’t want your stomach to make some solo music during the interview, however talented it may be. Don’t overdo the caffeine, it is a stress accelerator!

#7 Reinforce your emotional state

You have somebody in your life who strongly believes in you and can make you smile. Contact this person before the interview. I want you to be pumped up before this discussion! Your emotional state is the key, it is more important than what you say. Mojo up!
Listen to music that will energise you and visualise your interview being successful.

#8 Arrive at the location between 30 and 20 minutes, but go to the office only 10 minutes before the time of the interview

You will have the luxury of cooling down. Don’t show up to early at the office of your future employer. 10 minutes early maximum. More than that will give a negative impression of your time management.

#9 Visualise a successful interview

Remember Luke Skywalker in the movie ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. Right after seeing his master raising the X-Wing from the swamp, breathlessly said: “I don’t believe it”.
Yoda, being brutally honest said: “That is why you fail”.
You have to visualise something in your head before being able to achieve it. This technique has been proven in the sporting field and is a must.
You need to spend time visualising yourself nailing the interview and then you will very likely do so!

Now you are in the room waiting to be called in for for interview. The majority of people would wish you a good luck. I won’t. It is not about luck. It is about YOU making it happen!

 

Hello there,
My mission is to facilitate the connection between individuals and companies in a challenging job market. After an in-house experience within a private bank, I changed career and specialised into recruiting in finance, IT and tech.
This blog is the opportunity to share my thoughts about the changing job market.
Feel free to stay connected and have a chat with me!

Stéphane Brun

Hello there,
My mission is to facilitate the connection between individuals and companies in a challenging job market. After an in-house experience within a private bank, I changed career and specialised into recruiting in finance, IT and tech.
This blog is the opportunity to share my thoughts about the changing job market.
Feel free to stay connected and have a chat with me!


Stéphane Brun


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